500 Northville Students to Participate in Historical Activities for Victorian Festival
From a press release from Northville Public Schools staff:
Over 500 third grade students are scheduled to participate in the 23rd Victorian Festival activities on Friday morning, September 16, dressed in Victorian attire and ready to take a field trip back in time.
In addition to elementary students from both public and private schools, various high school students, Northville Public Schools employees and community volunteers will participate in the program, dress in periodclothing and help educate the students about Northville and Michigan’s
rich history during the late 1800s.
Students will explore five historic learning stations in downtown Northville which include: Victorian era children’s games hosted by Northville Parks and Recreation, historic stories about our community’s past at the Northville District Library, an interactive experience with a magician at Town Square, period music and entertainment at Genitti’s Little Theatre provided by Northville High School music programs and a guided village tour of various Historic District homes where students will examine architecture, culture, and
All students will end the day with “Lunch on the Green”
at Mill Race Village. This long standing program culminates the second grade social studies curriculum focusing on community and introduces the third grade curriculum on the State of Michigan.
“I cannot think of a more wholesome experience for third grade students from all public and private schools in Northville to participate in. This interactive learning experience allows history to come to life in meaningful ways for elementary students,” said Bob Behnke Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Northville Public
Schools. “This is our community’s opportunity to spark their
interest in learning more about their personal heritage and vibrant history of Northville.”
Students from Northville High School’s English and Social Studies classes will serve as tour guides for the Northville Historic District tour. This culminating activity allows high school students an opportunity to teach and present to the third graders short re-enactments in front of select homes in the Historic District. The high school students spend substantial time researching, writing and practicing skits that convey information about Victorian era games and
recreation, health concerns and treatments, government and politics, engineering and architecture, and work and transportation. Students have also worked closely with homeowners to learn about the individual history and unique traits of individual homes.
“It is important for this event to be as historically accurate as possible so the students not only feel that they have walked back in time, but gain a deeper understanding of Northville’s past,” said Behnke. “I am proud that the community unites behind such an outstanding event. With the help of high school students, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, operations and food service staff,
community volunteers, parents, downtown merchants, homeowners, and city personnel - we have a wonderful learning opportunity for Northville’s elementary students.
For more information refer to the district website at